Study Suggests Bicycle Riders Break Road Rules to Stay Safe



The NSW Safer Cycling Study of 770 NSW transport bicycle riders has examined the riders behaviour in terms of the road rules during a one week period (as part of a 12 month study). The authors conclude that

for transport cyclists, coherence, directness, attractiveness, comfort and safety are important features of the transport network. In encouraging cycling as a mode of travel, policy makers and network planners should be aware that failure to address the needs of transport cyclists may encourage choices that involve road rule infringement.

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A Slight Decline in Cyclists Killed in past 12 months

Fifty six cyclists have died on our roads during the past 12 months. Families suffering the grief of lost ones. How many more families need to suffer before we take responsibility? Fifty six cyclists, whilst a thankful decline of two less cyclists killed compared to the 12 months to June 2014 is still a 43.6% increase compared to the 12 months ended July 2013.

Road Deaths Toll Cyclists Killed

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics publishes monthly, a summary report on road deaths in Australia. This issue is dated July 2014. The full summary report is available from my Dropbox.

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Are Cyclist-Drivers Better for Cyclists Road Safety?

It is a common belief or view often expressed in cycling forums that more cyclists riding means greater awareness amongst motorists and hence greater safety for cyclists. This also by extension would suggest that as the number of people cycling increases, more drivers will also be cyclists, i.e., cyclist-drivers and therefore will give greater consideration to cyclists when driving.

Munda Biddi Trail - Cyclist-Drivers

A recent Australian paper published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention investigates the veracity of this belief and found via an online survey that cyclists who are also drivers were 1.5 times more likely than non-cycling drivers to report safe driving behaviours related to sharing the roads with cyclists.

This suggests that more people cycling means more cyclist-drivers which is a safety benefit for people riding bicycles, but it leaves the issue of non-cycling drivers roads safety attitudes towards cyclists.

The Key Conclusion – Cyclist-Drivers and Cyclist Road Safety

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